Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi is an ongoing Japanese drama that stars Ishihara Satomi as the lead. It started airing on July 16th and will run for eleven episodes. This show is adapted from a manga series written by Mamare Arai, which is also titled Unsung Cinderella. 

Synopsis: Aoi Midori has been working as a pharmacist at Tatsuya General Hospital for 8 years. She believes that pharmacists need to know about the patient’s daily life to ensure the proper medication is prescribed to them. She faces a lot of criticism, especially from the doctors, but she stays true to her beliefs and continues to help the patients. (Source – MyDramaList)

Expectations: I have been looking forward to this drama for a while, mainly because of Ishihara Satomi. Its premiere date was also postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus. So I had to rush in once a good number of episodes were released. Plus, this is my first time seeing a medical drama that focuses on pharmacists, hence why I was intrigued.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:  

The premise of this show is promising. I absolutely adore watching medical dramas because I get to learn new things all the time. I think they did an okay job with the execution of this drama, but I will admit that some aspects are quite unrealistic. I honestly do not need any pharmaceutical knowledge to tell that most scenes in this drama are over-exaggerated or out of line for a pharmacist. If I was a medical professional, it would be quite hard not to nitpick on every wrong detail, but since I’m not, I have been dwelling more on the overall sentiment of the show.

Before watching this series, I had the assumption that nurses were the ones who dealt with all medication-related matters. Although I don’t think pharmacists get invested as Aoi Midori, it has been educative to see the roles they play behind the scenes. Like assisting the doctors during emergencies and instructing patients on how to take each medicine. They are indeed part of the unsung heroes in hospitals. This is what I genuinely appreciate about Japanese dramas. They have a unique and raw way of providing viewers with very heartwarming stories. Therefore even though I do not agree with how Aoi Midori tastes new medicines or her attachment with every patient, I do acknowledge and value the emotional aspects of each patient’s story. Since this is based on a manga, a lot of cliches and exaggerations are expected.

From episode one to three, I appreciate how the writer used Hakura Ryunosuke as the layman information giver. This character was used to break down the medical terms to ensure viewers’ understanding. I also love how they tackled the difference between Aoi and her senior Kariya. These two proved that people in the workplace can have different valid opinions or personal approach but still work well together as partners. Kariya Naoko is practical and strict with separating the job from her emotions. She still cares for her patients but doesn’t go the extra mile like Aoi Midori. Aoi, on the other hand, familiarizes with each patient to be the best pharmacist for them. Both have their ways that work, respectively. Basically, they ‘agree to disagree.’ Another great touch of this drama is how we get to see each patient’s possible future after leaving the hospital. I think that aspect is remarkably exciting and beautiful.

Now here are a few lessons I got from Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi

  • Be careful with the amount of unprescribed medication that you take, and this includes off counter vitamins. Once you notice something odd, talk to a professional.
  • A lot of individuals depend on daily medications or regular medical procedures to survive. So every day you wake up, be grateful because you can do a lot of things generally without any assistance.

To round up, here is one of my favourite scenes –

The way they all kept working and even clapped with their feet. Plus, the pure distress on Aihara Kurumi’s face was funny to see.

If you’ve started watching Unsung Cinderella: Byoin Yakuzaishi no Shoboshi, what do you think of the story so far? Let me know in the comment section.

This drama can be found on sites like Dramanice or Kissasian.

 

Intense Love: Drama Review

Intense Love is a 2020 Chinese drama that stars Zhang Yuxi and Ding Yuxi as leads. img_5139_originalSynopsis: Actress Su Jin Bei and the genius doctor, Zhou Shi Yun, were betrothed to each other from a young age. Now, as adults, they both refuse the idea of an arranged marriage. Yet fate has other plans for them as they meet coincidentally and begin to fall in love.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Intense Love is a sweet romance story. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it, including the cheesy aspects. I really appreciate what Chinese dramas have been doing recently with their modern romance stories. They show more natural skinship and conversations, so the couples seem very real, unlike Korean shows. No shade, it’s just an observation. The main couple in Intense Love had fantastic chemistry right off the bat, and I personally think this is one of Zhang Yuxi’s best pairing. img_2105Su Jin Bei and Zhou Shi Yun were adorable and quite mature together because they never dragged out their misunderstandings. I also love that there wasn’t much emphasis on love triangles. Both leads were sure of what they wanted and stayed focused until the end. While watching, I couldn’t get over how beautiful Jin Bei and Shi Yun were together. Honestly, both actors are remarkably good looking. The only part of their story that threw me off was Jin Bei’s supposed pregnancy in the last episode. I don’t remember when they showed or implied that this couple had sex, so the pregnancy troupe was totally out of place for me. Was I the only one confused, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comment section.

The side couples were also great together. Although I didn’t care much for Zhou Su Ying and Xu Jia Wei’s relationship because of how both characters started out. img_2102We all have to admit that Su Ying was pretty disrespectful at first with all her schemes to break up her brother and Jin Bei. Of course, she got better, but by then, I was no longer invested in her story. Nevertheless, I was still happy that she matured and got a happy ending. Now in Jia Wei’s case, I didn’t appreciate how he kept telling Shi Yun that he was the better partner for Jin Bei because of their similar careers. I also did not understand why he went ahead to prepare the big confession event while unsure of Jin Bei’s feelings. At least have a small talk with her before going all out. He was definitely a pleasant supporting character, but his earlier actions did not rub off well on me.

Moving on to Xiao Yuan Song and Wu Di –img_2103As much I love these two together, their arc and story development did not have me intrigued in them 100%. All the same, they were fun together and balanced out each other’s personalities flawlessly. I love that this drama showcased very assertive ladies with both Wu Di and Su Jin Bei. Both women were willing to take the first steps for certain things in their relationships.

Character Analysis:

I only want to touch on three roles, starting off with Gao Zi Tongimg_2128

  • Her anger and bitterness were utterly misplaced. I just couldn’t comprehend her hatred for Xu Jin Bei because she was well aware that Jin Bei only considered Jia Wei as a colleague. While watching, I gave her a lot of chances to improve, but she always disappointed. Now once she went further to attack Jin Bei’s and Shi Yun’s relationship, I was done and dusted with this character. I’m relieved she changed and moved on at the end, but I wouldn’t want to cross paths with such a person in real life.

Zhou Shi Yun – img_5605_original

  • He started out quite cold and couldn’t care less about BeiBei, or at least that is what he wanted everyone to believe. As the story progresses, he becomes more accepting of Jin Bei. I enjoyed how he played along with BeiBei’s dramatic antics even though he knew she was faking most of the time. This shows Shi Yun’s supportive and understanding personality. While watching, the only flaw I could pick on was that Shi Yun seemed too perfect. Though, before the show wrapped, we saw that he could also do some wrongs when he doubted Jin Bei’s ability to get a role through her own hard work. In the end, he apologized, and we got our happy ending.

Last is my favourite character, Su Jin Beiimg_2111

  • She is very innocent, kind, understanding and quite naive to negative people around her. However, that does not make her weak because she isn’t easily bullied. I absolutely enjoyed her dramatic personality. Whenever she had those weird inner monologues or all the numerous times she tried to seduce Shi Yun, I stayed laughing. How can someone be that cute?😂 Especially when she started calling Shi Yun – Zhou baby(honey)😂😂😂. Another thing I loved about this character is that she acknowledged her flaws and did her best to work on them.

To round up, here is a compilation of my favourite moments from this drama –

Also, my favourite ost from this show is “When Love Comes” by Li Ruo Xi

With all that said, my rating for Intense Love is 9/10. It was a beautiful story from start to finish, but I still think they could have done a better job with the side couples. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼 Intense Love on YouTube.

If you have seen this drama, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 6

Yes!!! I got the pleasure of watching three episodes in a row by waiting. Honestly, I wish it wasn’t just one episode per week, but who am I to complain? Now let’s discuss the story progression so far.

If you haven’t read my previous review, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

All English subbed episodes are uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am officially inside the rabbit hole of this drama. They got me with their comedic timing and witty/sarcastic dialogues. My favourite character from episode four to six is definitely Zheng Xiao En. She might not be the brightest or most practical person in the room, but I admire her extra and straightforward personality. I literally laughed to tears when she told Qing Feng that unless he wanted to be her sugar daddy, she didn’t want to hear anything from him😂. That line was a whole mood😂🤣🤣😂. Plus, do not even get me started on Zheng Xiao En’s wild imaginations. This woman creates different versions of melodramas in her mind, and I stay dying😅😅😅. I seriously did not expect her character to grow on me this much. How can someone be so shameless and talk nonsense to the point that they make you feel like their right? Take the scene when she was caught peeking at Situ Aoran in the shower. At first, I was firm that no matter what she was wrong but her arguments took the situation too left and Sito Aoran’s reaction did not help me at all😂🤣🤣😅😂🤣 –

Now there was also a character that tired me out during these recent episodes, and that is Chuchu. I was kind of intrigued to discover that her name is also Chuchu in the real world, and her role in the novel was starting to balance out. Then came the constant damsel in distress situations and crying again, which was seriously unbearing to watch. I kept on asking myself why Situ Aoran and Qing Feng like her because, at this point, we just need to give her a permanent wheelchair to prevent more accidents. And what even pinches me more is how Situ Aoran blames all her mishaps on Zheng Xiao En, while, in reality, Chuchu is a walking time bomb.

Anyways moving on, let’s touch on the potential love lines. Starting off with Zheng Xiao En & Qing Feng – As of now, the chemistry between these two is more evident in comparison to the Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran’s ship. They are very casual and relaxed with each other. By episode six, I noticed that Qing Feng had started developing romantic feelings for her. I also have a theory that he might even be somehow connected to them in the real world. Although I love the bond between these two, I am still currently invested in Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran because I want to see Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing connect in the real world.

Zheng Xiao En & Situ Aoran – It was a great idea to have both of them live in the same house because we are now getting more interactions, and they are slowing building chemistry together. I love their bickerings because they never give the replies or do the things that the other expects. The same change of feelings also applies to Situ Aoran by episode six. He now enjoys taunting her and also leans on her for strength.

To close things, let’s touch on the happenings of the real world. Now you all know I do not support He Mingli’s ways, but the statement her mother made about protecting the company for He Tian Jian to take over as the rightful owner was utterly messed up. Why does she have to do all the dirty work and give him the fruits just because he is the son? The mother definitely failed both her kids in most aspects. I can’t believe her words actually made me feel slightly bad for He Mingli, but at least now I know why she turned out so vile.

In conclusion, Lost Romance has been showing more potential with each new episode. I love the comedic aspect of things, and the characters are developing nicely so far. I am also looking forward to finding out more concerning Uncle Hu’s schemes. The man acts like a snake in sheep clothing, and I don’t like the uncertainty of his actions.

What do you all think of this drama’s current pace and story? Let me know in the comment section.

 

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 3

Alright, it is time to discuss the third episode of Lost Romance. My previous episode review is available with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

The filming technique and scene transitions got slightly better in this episode. We also got more interactions between Zheng Xiao En and He Tian Xing’s characters in the novel’s world, which in turn led to some noticeable development in their relationship. I also enjoyed Zheng Xiao En’s rescue scene because it allowed Vivian Sung to showcase actual, emotionally driven acting. That short moment proved that she was capable of more than the animated acting style. Furthermore, it gave me hope for the future of this drama. Hence why I’m excited to get more interactions from our leads as the story progresses.

Another good thing about this episode is that we finally got some insight into Zheng Xiao En’s fondness for He Tian Xing. He was someone who gave her strength and comfort whenever she felt down or frustrated. His words encouraged her to continue working hard, and that’s how her “obsession” over him began. The quote that He Tian Xing gave was beautiful – “In a storm, you have to be like an adult. In beautiful weather, you have to be like a child.”

Now in my previous review, I mentioned that the supposed novel’s female lead is way too cringy for me, and I still stand by that. However, I now find Chuchu’s antics hilarious because how can one human being trip at every given opportunity. Honestly, Chuchu is a sweet girl, but she needs to work on her stamina and also learn some essential body balance. No wonder Zheng Xiao En stays paranoid about keeping her away from danger.😂😂😂

Moving on to our villain, He Mingli. I finally see who she got her twisted personality from. The mother is a more reserved version of her. The way she talking to He Mingli’s father in the hospital was quite creepy to me. Also, I still stand by my statement that He Mingli’s methods will become her downfall. Just because you feel threatened, you want to get rid of all He Tian Xing’s potential supporters? I personally think that removing too many people at once will cause her to lose very essential supporters for her family’s business in the long run.

Overall, since the story has started moving somewhere, I am going to continue watching. If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 2

If you haven’t read my review for episode one, use this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

In this episode, certain things didn’t sit well with me, but I tried not to over-analyze them since this is a fantasy series. For example, how was He Tian Xing able to grab Zheng Xiao En’s hand while in a coma? Also, I think Zheng Xiao En should have posted the video anonymously or reported the incident anonymously. I get that she’s scared, but how do you see something so horrid and know that they are trying to cover it up but still say nothing? Her decision made me question this character’s moral grounds, but I guess the writer wanted to use her guilt to lead us into the novel’s world. Therefore I rest my case.

Now in concerns to He Mingli, I think we’ve all confirmed at this point that she is a pure psycho. Previously I thought the uncle was just trying to keep eyes on her, but after this episode, I fear he has his own private agenda. He probably voted for He Mingli because she is not too knowledgable about the business, and that way, he can easily take over.

Moving on to the novel’s world. It was quite funny when Zheng Xiao En realized that she wasn’t the main lead but actually one of the mean side characters. In my opinion, the actual female lead is cringy. Her overly innocent and clumsy personality is kind of off. Plus, the fact that He Tian Xing was about to date her in the real world was even more surprising. Now, if his brother He Tian Jian falls in love with the lead in the real world, will that cause a problem between both boys in the future? I don’t think the writer will take that route, but we will see. I also noticed that the writer used the novel’s world to call out a lot of cliches in romance novels and dramas. Starting from the random screams for handsome men to the wall pin from the lead guy to the clumsy female lead that regularly trips, and somehow a man is always ready to catch her. These are the traditional Asian romance troupes, and in this novel’s world, we get to see how cringy and unrealistic they are.

For now, I currently do not have any strong emotions towards this drama. I am not in love with it yet, neither do I dislike it. I’m still watching because the upcoming episode looks promising. However, I am more than ready for the story to pick up and take me to the point that completely captures my attention.

If you are interested in this drama, all English subbed episodes will be uploaded regularly on this site: Lost Romance on Viki.

 

Iron Ladies: Drama Review

I recently rewatched this drama, and I decided to use the opportunity to write a review. Iron Ladies is a 2018 Taiwanese series that stars Aviis Zhong and Ben Wu as leads.

Synopsis: Zhou Kai Ting is the youngest vice president of sales for the online shopping mall, Ai U Web. She turns to Su Can, a café barista, to resolve a work crisis and helps him discover a talent he didn’t know he had. Ma Li Sha, Ai U Web’s General Manager, has raised an 18-year-old son on her own and is jaded by love. On the other hand, Wang Qing Qing has always had everything in life go her way. Can the three women deal with their respective relationship woes, marriage issues and family problems as well as they do their jobs? (source – Viki)

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Even from my first time watching this drama, it gave off a similar vibe to the Korean series – I Need Romance. I love such stories, hence why I was excited to give it a shot when it first released. One thing I genuinely enjoyed about Iron Ladies was the chemistry between all the main characters, both friends and couples. I will say that showcases excellent acting. This drama also gave me a strong and intelligent female lead. There were times when Zhou Kai Ting made mistakes, but overall, she was a very rationale and understanding lady. I appreciate shows that portray assertive women because a girl needs such a confidence boost once in a while. I also love the soundtrack for this series. My two favourite OSTs are “Unachievable Future” by Ben Wu – and “Almost” by Shi Shi –

Iron Ladies is a good drama, but the story development and pacing did lose some of its appeal towards the end. The ending also felt rushed. To explain more, let me discuss the three main arcs of this series in detail. Starting with the main couple:

– Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting

Right off the bat, their chemistry was solid. I could also tell that Kai Ting and her fiance were not going to end well. The eight-years relationship had lost all flavour, and he went ahead to cheat. For me, that closed the chapter because it’s challenging to build the same level of trust again. Plus, Kai Ting’s heart was now longing for someone else. An important message this drama brought to the table was that marriage should not be a do or die affair. Everyone has the right to be happy and not merely settle for the bare minimum. Consequently, cheating leads the betrayed partner to question their self-worth, which is sad and frustrating. One of my favourite scenes in this drama was when Kai Ting and Qing Qing discussed the effect their partner’s infidelity had on them – 

Moving back to Su Can and Zhou Kai Ting. All round, they were a good pair, but their main issue was financial inequality. Thankfully they were usually direct with each other and never dragged out arguments or misunderstandings. Another thing that disturbed their relationship was how they both lied by omission to protect each other, but all the same, I loved seeing them together. Yes, the ending felt a bit rushed, but the happy ending made me feel okay.

– Ma Li Sha and David

These two were a case study in their own right. At first, their interactions were funny, but their arc development towards the end was such a cliche. I fully believed in the agenda that she was scared of committing to a serious relationship and that her son was scared of losing his mom to someone else. However, what I couldn’t swim along with was when Ma Li Sha starting using childish tactics to keep David away. And to top it off, they decided to use the cliche near-to-death accident to make her realize her love for David. They were still fun together, but I did not enjoy how their story was handled.

– Wang Qing Qing’s Marriage

This was an intriguing arc to sit through. I felt rage, sadness and a whole lot of emotions whenever Qing Qing’s story came up. Her relationship was pure toxicity, and it led her to anxiety and panic attacks. I found her husband to be very disrespectful and pathetic. Excuse my choice of words, but I need to be this raw for you all to get how pained I was for this lady. Take away from the emotional pain, Qing Qing also had to condone mental abuse. After seeing all she went through, I could understand why she continued to sell herself short or believed that things could become better if she pleased her husband. However, where she lost me was when she took a break, came back strong and still fell for the husband’s tears to stay and fix their marriage. Like seriously? This man is a chronic cheater. You’re fully aware that he doesn’t care for you. What are you still holding on to? Thankfully through the grace of whatever, she came to her senses by the close of the series.

Overall, I still enjoyed this drama because it got me to look at situations through the lens of different thinkers than myself. It’s honestly not easy when love and the heart come into play because rationality goes missing during such times. Zhou Kai Ting, Ma Li Sha and Wang Qing Qing were women with real and relatable relationship issues. They battled and came out triumphant, so what’s not to love about these three iron ladies.

With all that said, my rating for Iron Ladies is 8/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available with this link 👉🏼Iron Ladies on Viki.

If you have seen Iron Ladies, what do you think of the series?

 

Lost Romance: Drama Review – Episode 1

Lost Romance is a 2020 Taiwanese drama that stars Marcus Chang and Vivian Sung. It started airing on June 7th and comes on every Sunday. This drama is set to run for twenty episodes.

Synopsis: Zheng Xiao En works as an editor of romance novels at a publishing company and secretly dreams about falling in love with a CEO. When she isn’t working, she spends her time daydreaming about He Tian Xing, the handsome chief executive of the company that occupies the building opposite her company’s office. One day, Zheng Xiao En magically finds herself transported into the pages of a romance novel – and comes face-to-face with her crush He Tian Xing. However, she soon discovers that in this fictional universe, his name is Si Tu Ao Ran – and his personality is very different. She hopes to use all the tips and tricks she has learned from the romance novels she has edited to help snare his heart. But she soon discovers that in this fictional world, she isn’t the heroic female lead – and instead is an evil side character! Can she flip the story on its head – and end up with the man of her dreams? (Source – Viki)

Expectations: The story is nothing new, but I decided to give this drama a shot because of the main leads. Marcus Chang has done great with most of his shows, while Vivian Sung always gives her best in every project. So why not?

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

Personally, I think this episode started out a bit weird with Vivian Sung’s novel narration, but I got used to it after a few seconds. From what I’ve seen so far, everyone’s acting is kind of okay, but Vivian’s style was too animated. I know her character is meant to be cheerful, but the acting style made it difficult for me to flow with her properly. That aside, I love the look for Marcus’s character. He looks fantastic with the black slicked hair and great fitted suits. In my opinion, the outfits department for each character is well suited.

Moving on to the story aspect, I can’t wait to find out more about He Tian Xing’s family dynamics. Right now, I think he’s either an illegitimate child or from his dad’s previous marriage. I seriously need more clarity on why He Mingli hates him so much. It’s only the first episode, and her character is already vile and crazy. With all the stunts she was pulling, I was more shocked about her eagerness to take over the family business even though her dad was still well and breathing. Like girl, calm down. HE AIN’T DEAD YET😒. Plus, she does not have excellent business skills. I foresee her running the company to bankruptcy. My hope is that their uncle is only pretending to support her just to keep his eyes on the company.

Overall this premiere was alright, but I feel it could have been better. A few scenes in this first episode felt quite lacklustre to me, most notably when He Tian Xing fell from the building. They didn’t do an excellent job with the direction and sequence of that scene. I know they meant not to reveal how exactly he fell down, but this omission left a lot of questions for me. Like how did he fall without pulling Mingli down, and what sort of weird fall was that? I couldn’t take it seriously. They also need to do better with the background scores.

Now one thing, I am really looking forward to is how they will tie together the novel and the real world. I hope that when He Tian Xing regains consciousness, he remembers all the time he spent with Zheng Xiao En.

In conclusion, since I do see potential in the drama, I will continue watching. All English subbed episodes of this show will be updated with this link 👉🏼 Lost Romance on Viki.

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s Upcoming Netflix Drama

In this post, I’ll be sharing the official posters and stills for Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s upcoming drama – It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

This drama will focus on the story of a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives on 1.8 million won ($1,520) a month and a storybook writer suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. A man who denies love and a woman who doesn’t know love defy fate and fall in love while finding their souls and identities in the process. (Source – MyDramaList)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, also known as Psycho, But It’s Okay premieres on June 20th. It will run for 16 episodes every Saturday and Sunday. This a tvN drama but also associated with NETFLIX.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

The first posters are very enchanting, and I am more than ready to see these two together on screen. I have a strong feeling that their chemistry will be electrifying – img_7649

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The next posters are more on the adorable side, and I love the mystical background. They even did a cartoon version –img_7802img_7803

Here are some stills – img_8048img_8047img_8046img_8043img_8042

Seo Ye Ji just has this profound grace about her that I admire. She is stunning🥰. Plus, I love her deep voice. Definitely, one of my top Korean actresses because she always delivers the best performance.

On the other hand, It’s been a while since I saw Kim Soo Hyun, hence why I am super excited for this comeback.img_8044img_8045img_8049

An extra poster of Kim Soo Hyun’s character with his brother –img_8134

I have seen the teasers, and I love the vibe. Therefore I have my fingers crossed for this drama to be as exciting and intriguing like the premise promises –

Is anyone else looking forward to this Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s drama?

 

 

 

KINGDOM Season 2: Drama Review

Kingdom is a 2019 Netflix Original Series based on a manhwa called Kingdom Of The Gods by YLAB. After some research, I discovered that there are actually three individuals involved in the creation of the original source material. The idea for the story came from Kim Eun-hee, and she is also the screenwriter for the Netflix adaptation. The illustrator for the manhwa is Yang Kyung-il, and the actual author is Youn In-wan. I know most people might not care for all this information, but I still wanted to provide it. img_3719_originalSynopsis: Kingdom is set in the Joseon period of Korea. It focuses on a zombie plague that has spread mysteriously around the country’s southern provinces. Crown Prince Lee Chang is labelled a traitor by the Haewon Cho clan, which is the family of the current Queen. Due to the political plot against him, he embarks upon a mission to investigate and end the spread of the mysterious undead plague.

Being that I have already seen the first season, which ended with a cliffhanger, I was super excited about watching this continuation. Kingdom promises action and thrill, so I definitely held high hopes for it. If you will like to read my review for season one, use this link 👉🏼 KINGDOM: Drama Review

(Warning –  slight spoilers ahead)

Review:

I watched this drama on Saturday while washing my hair and I must say that it was such a beautiful time for me. As a lady with naturally kinky hair, wash-day can be a bit tiring. However, it felt easy this time around because I genuinely enjoyed every minute of this drama.

Okay, first of all, I will like to applaud the intro for this series. It’s very intricate and oddly captivating. As a whole, the cinematography and editing for this drama were perfectly executed. The opening sequence they did for episode three truly solidified the beauty of this production for me – 

Another notable mention is the beautiful and haunting background scores that complimented each scene so well. Overall the production on season two of Kingdom gets an A+++ from me. I enjoyed the build-up, pacing, story and character development of this season way more than the previous one. Even the fight scenes were perfectly choreographed. I got hyped about each new episode. I also love how they wrapped up and connected the storylines of the main characters. I was able to get more understanding of each person’s actions.

We left off season one with a swam of zombies ready to attack in broad daylight. Right off the bat, it was already intense. I was pumped and ready to see how they would survive the gruesome encounter. Thankfully a good number of them survived, and the story gave some insight into the origin of the plague. Now while I was watching season one, I had my suspicions about a few characters. The first one was the crown prince’s bodyguard – Moon Young, and the other was his teacher – Ahn Hyun. Although I was proven right, their betrayal and mistakes still made me sad because it was not merely a black and white situation. The characters finally showed the depth and complexity that was lacking in the first season. Sure they made mistakes, but eventually, they tried to atone for their wrongs. This is why I stated above that I was able to get a better understanding of each person’s actions. I love that this time around, I could feel the friendship, loyalty and bond between the characters. I actually cried a few times.

Moving on, I have to compliment the actors for such an engaging performance. Every single person brought their best to this production. Even the villains with their very disturbing moral grounds showcased chilling and believable acting. There were a few moments when some people’s actions were annoying. A prime example being the State Minister’s nephew – Jo Bum Pal. His lack of backbone and silence in wrong situations irked my soul, but because I saw slight growth in every episode, I was okay with him. This is why I can conclude that no character felt lacklustre to me. The leading roles made smart and brave decisions that genuinely impressed me. A big round of applause should be awarded to Joo Ji Hoon, who portrayed Crown Prince Lee Chang👏👏👏👏. He did a great job of leading this series. I felt every ounce of his words and actions. One of my top scenes from him was in episode six when they had to fight off zombies in the palace. I think I enjoyed that moment way more than I was supposed to. Here’s the scene – 

I really appreciate the realistic portrayal of the final fight in the palace. They actually showed people getting bitten. Honestly, it would have been a loophole if they all came out untouched after dealing with such a massive number of zombies at once.

Going back to the villains, which are the Queen and her father – Jo Hak Joo. Their actions proved that greed only leads to unfavourable outcomes, and they also confirmed that decisions shouldn’t be based on the greater good or evil just to achieve fast results. Their final moments were monstrous and quite disturbing to me. They gained nothing in the end🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. Absolutely nothing, but since I don’t want to over spoil, I’m going to end my train of thoughts on their case here. All I can say is that brutality reigned in that family.

Now, after all this praise, here lies the questionable part for me. Why does Netflix need to extend this show? I feel with the way things ended, it could have been a reasonable wrap-up. I don’t even mind the premise that they haven’t found a concrete cure for the plague, because that would leave the next season to focus more on the resurrection plant. However, the whole idea of Jun Ji Hyun’s character creating new zombies out of nowhere seems entirely off to me. I’m scared that they might mess up the proper flow of this series with too many seasons, but we’ll see.

My rating for Kingdom Season 2 is 10/10. I wouldn’t mind rewatching it again because I genuinely enjoyed the story. Plus, all the questions and concerns I had after season one were resolved with this continuation.

To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All English subbed episodes of this series are available on NETFLIX.

If you’ve seen this series, what are your thoughts on the story???

 

My Roommate is a Detective: Drama Review

My Roommate is a Detective is a 2020 Chinese crime-thriller drama that stars Hu Yi Tian, Leon Zhang, and Shane Yan as the main cast. It ran for thirty-six episodes and recently came to an end on April 23rd.

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Synopsis: Set in the mid-1920s. A young police officer named Qiao Chu Sheng is on the trail of a devious killer. Realizing that the police force could need some extra help with the case, he decides to reach out to a brilliant young man who recently returned from studying in Great Britain. To round off the team, he also enlists the help of Bai You Ning, a female reporter for a daily newspaper. This trio will form a small detective squad that specializes in solving strange and unsettling murder mysteries.

Expectations: I saw Hu Yi Tian and decided to check out the trailer. It seemed promising, so I planned to watch it as my pass time drama. The posters for this series are quite pretty, so I’ll include my favourites at the end of this post.

(warning –  minor spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am going to make this a quick review.

This was a very lighthearted and engaging crime-thriller drama. The story was captivating from beginning to end. The acting was perfect, and the cinematography is beautiful. This drama marks my first time seeing Hu Yi Tian in such a hilarious role, and he nailed every scene as Lu Yao. I also enjoyed the dynamics between the three leads. Their interactions were funny, fresh, and they came off to me like the three musketeers. Lu Yao is the brains of the team. Bai You Ning is the informant, and Qiao Chu Sheng is the physical strength and power for the group.

I appreciate how the cases in this show were handled. We got to see so many solved over 2 – 3 episodes instead of just one case being dragged for half of the series. I love the continuous resolve because it made me want to watch each new episode immediately. Now some cases were predictable, and the criminals gave up way too easily, but because it was a fun and fast-paced series, these minor letdowns didn’t matter much to me.

I absolutely did not enjoy how Lu Yao’s family kept trying to control his life. His sister’s actions were quite extreme if you ask me.

Moving on, I feel most people were not in support of Bai You Ning and Lu Yao’s relationship. Personally, I think that it was a clear game right from the first few episodes. There were hints from other characters at first. Then midway through the series, I could see the signs of a relationship from Lu Yao and Bai You Ning’s interactions when they were alone. So excuse me if I was excited about them getting together. I enjoyed watching the little cute and cheesy moments. Yes, Bai You Ning started out very annoying, but she became a great asset to the team. She provided must of the background information that helped Lu Yao understand each murder victim better. Hence why I came to terms with her character. Plus, I love her boldness and her ability to go for what she wants.

Although I started this series as just a pass time, It quickly became my number one go-to because I genuinely enjoyed myself whenever I was watching it. There was never a dull moment, and it put me in a good mood all the time. I lived for Lu Yao’s greed for money.😂😂😂😂 Also, I had an eye candy like Inspector Qiao Chu Sheng to stare at.😍 He is so good-looking, and his smile is adorable. I died whenever he had on the police uniform. I was so sad that they didn’t give him a permanent love interest, but with the way things ended, it looks like there’s a possibility for a second season.

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The opening and closing theme songs for this drama are top-notch. I never skipped the intro, and if not for Viki that automatically takes you to the next episode, I wouldn’t mind watching the closing montage as well.

“Wake Up” by Juno Su: The other song is “Enigma” by After Journey but there’s no official music video for it. Both songs are actually available on Spotify –

I already recommended this series to a friend, and she really enjoyed it. She gave it a 10/10. So I do have a double backing.

My own rating for My Roommate is a Detective is actually a solid 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All episodes of this drama are available with English subs using this link 👉🏼 My Roommate is a Detective on Viki.

If you’ve seen My Roommate is a Detective, what are your thoughts on the story???


Now here are the posters I mentioned earlier –

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Triad Princess: Drama Review

Triad Princess is a 2019 NETFLIX Original Taiwanese drama that stars Jasper Liu and Eugenie Liu as leads. It has six episodes. 8d86bc69-37da-4f3f-886e-303ab9620fb3-295-0000000113f2cd1fSynopsis: Growing up in the shadows of her triad boss father, Angie Ni craves an independent life of her own. Angie decides to defy her father’s wishes and runs away from home. She takes on a gig as an undercover bodyguard for a famous actress. She must learn to navigate the unfamiliar world of glitz, glamour, and even love.

Expectations: I’ve had this drama on my watch list for a while now, and since I haven’t been feeling motivated to do much, I decided to give it a go yesterday night. My main reason for seeing this series is Jasper Liu. Most of his dramas are great, so I had high hopes.

(warning – minor spoilers ahead)

Review:

Overall, Triad Princess was an okay show. The story progression wasn’t excellent, but it was definitely fun to watch. This was a six episodes series; hence everything happened fast. The main actors did their best with the script and time they had.

My favourite aspect of this series is comedic but solid action scenes. Eugenie did a great job portraying Angie Ni. She was believable as someone who grew up in a gang. On the other hand, Jasper Liu’s character Yi Hang felt flat. There wasn’t much depth to him; therefore, I couldn’t flow with his actions 100%.

There were at least three major story arcs in this drama. If I am to rank them according to personal preference, I will choose the actress Ling Yun and her blackmailing ex-boyfriend as number one. It was nice to see a character that wasn’t perfect from the get-go. She made mistakes and tried her best to make something better of her life. From the look of things, I believe there’s going to be a season two, so I hope she finds her son and finally rids herself of the troublesome ex-boyfriend. Also, I appreciate her friendship with Angie. A great representation of female companies without any toxicity or betrayal.

My second-ranked arc is that of the main couple, Angie Ni and Yi Hang. They had chemistry, but their love story progressed too quickly. This is undoubtedly due to them having only six episodes. Some of this couple’s scenes were cheesy and corny, most especially the airport scene at the end. They also had a few misunderstandings here and there, but it looks like they got back together at the end of the series. I chose them as second because I see potential from both actors in making a tremendous onscreen couple. I only hope that the writer and director do a better job with the storytelling in the next season.

The last arc that I kind of cared for is that of the talent manager, Sophia Kwong. Her story with her ex-husband and their child was quite sad. However, I still found her a bit too controlling with her artists’ personal life. I get that it’s show biz, but she isn’t giving her artists enough freedom to be their true self. Maybe that’s why Ling Yun couldn’t open up to her about her past.

Any other character or story arc in the drama did not matter much to me because they weren’t captivating enough. I found myself skipping a lot of scenes. Hence I can say that although I enjoyed watching Triad Princess, it definitely lacked substance. It isn’t the best quality drama I have seen, but I wouldn’t mind watching the second season just for the story arcs I mentioned above.

My rating for Triad Princess is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All six episodes of this series are available on NETFLIX.

If you have seen Triad Princess, what are your thoughts on the story???

First Impressions of The King: Eternal Monarch

The King: Eternal Monarch is a 2020 NETFLIX original TV series that stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun as leads. This drama is from the star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. A few of her other works include Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, Mr. Sunshine, etc. In this post, I’ll be sharing my opinion on episodes one to four of this series.

Synopsis: Lee Gon is the emperor of Corea. His citizens regard him as the perfect ruler, but behind his impeccable appearance, he hides a deep wound. When he was eight, he witnessed his father’s murder and was nearly killed. One day, while chasing after a young lady, Lee Gon gets propelled into a parallel world and meets Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul. The duo would later team up to defeat criminals and close the door between both worlds.

Expectations: This is one of the dramas I was looking forward to watching this year. The screenwriter has created a reasonable number of excellent shows. Plus, the cast seemed promising, so my expectation is off the roof for this one.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

From what I have seen, The King: Eternal Monarch definitely has potential. The story progression so far is ideal. If they continue with this momentum, things will sail smoothly. It could even be better once they start intensifying the plot from episode five. That would take the story to another level and also entice more viewers. We’ve seen the foundation of the story, so now bring in the action. You all get what I mean???

Okay, now let’s dissect episodes one to four properly. Everyone’s acting has been standard, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. It’s like I’m watching a movie premiere. I always get this classic cinematic vibe from Kim Eun Sook’s works. I still remember Mr.Sunshine, which was such a phenomenal show from beginning to end. These two dramas have different vibes, but similar picture quality. That aside, I am also enjoying the few comedic scenes we got. The characters have great chemistry. Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan as a duo give me life. Also, every outfit so far has been on point. Most notably, the king and his bodyguard, they always look regal. Plus, Woo Do Hwan is sexy to me no matter what he wears.😍😍😍img_5013Currently, I am not feeling Prime Minister Koo. She is too entitled and seems like a factor for future problems. Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul’s cop friend Gang Shin Jae is another character that I think might follow the villain path, but I’m hoping and praying that he proves me wrong. Also, Prince Buyeong is giving me sketchy vibes due to his unwillingness to tell Lee Gon the truth concerning the autopsy report.

The horse, Maximus, is such a beautiful specie. I think I am in love😂😂😂. He’s as white as snow and very majestic. Befitting for a king.img_5056

Based on what I’ve watched, there are a few questions that I want a resolution to as the series continues.

  1. At the beginning of episode one, Jung Tae Eul and Gang Shin Jae were interrogating Lee Gon’s uncle. I’m interested to know what point of the timeline that scene falls into.
  2. Also, why doesn’t the uncle age? Right now, I’m assuming that it’s because he continually crosses between both worlds. So he’s cheating time in a way, but I still need more clarification.
  3. Why does the king feel pain whenever the thunder strikes. Is it because he crossed into the other world, and if so, does his uncle experience the same? In episode four, it looks like some sort of energy bolt is growing on his back.img_5057
  4. How did Lieutenant Jung Tael Eun save the younger Lee Gon? Does this mean that there’s time travelling involved? We’ve seen the parallel worlds, but there’s been no mention of moving through different times. So I hope that will be explained later.
  5. Can actions in one world affect the parallel character in the other world? In episode four,  Yeong makes himself a hot cup of coffee and mistakenly spills it. At the same time, Eun Sub also spills his ice tea latte claiming that it’s too hot. They also had the same exact reaction. What’s going on here???? Am I reading too much into things?

Moving on to two of my favourite scenes, which all happen to include Woo Do Hwan.

  • Horse Rant with Eun Sub –

    This was such a chill but funny scene to me. From the way we Lee Gon’s face changes once he realizes that this isn’t his Yeong to how he falls into complete dismay after Eun Sub’s horse jokes. I was dying.😂😂😂

  • “I Can Hear You,” said the Captain –

    This lady completely mirrored my fangirl reaction to Woo Do Hwan as Yeong. He is too hot, and I wouldn’t mind if she ends up with him as a couple.

In conclusion, we’ve established that time stops when either Lee Gon or his uncle crosses over to a different world. Also, Lee Gon is suspicious about his uncle’s presumed death, and the traitor still has plans to usurp the throne with all his new followers. Things are looking good, so I hope that this drama doesn’t disappoint me.

That is all I have to say concerning The King: Eternal Monarch. What do you all think of this drama?

 

 

 

XX (2020): Drama Review

XX is a 2020 South Korean web drama. It has ten episodes, with each only running for twenty-five minutes. img_4368Synopsis: A well-regarded bartender named Yoon Na Na is the head bartender of the speakeasy bar, XX. She has control over everything, including the interior design and menu for the bar. Her initial goal was to save up and buy XX, but the owner suddenly sells it to someone else. The new owner is Lee Roo Mi, who used to be Na Na’s best friend in college, but she betrayed her.

Expectations: After seeing the trailer for this drama, I included it to my must-watch list because the concept felt fresh. Plus, the main characters seemed strong and promising. So when I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch the entire thing, I was thrilled.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I enjoyed every minute of this drama. It was straightforward and sweet. One thing that instantly stood out to me was the cinematography. It felt mysterious and chic, plus the scene transitions were very impressive. The background scores/sound effects also went well with the momentum of each scene. I appreciate the storytelling technique the writer adopted. Viewers were teased past events but never showed everything at once. We got more glimpse into the past as the characters opened up in the present.

With all those base elements aside, I must say that the main actors for this series are all beautiful people. Bae In Hyuk, who played Danny, completely stole my attention whenever he appeared. Actually, every character in this short series was well portrayed. None of the actors came off flat to me.

Starting off XX, I had a feeling that there would be more to the story of Roo Mi’s betrayal. When they finally revealed what happened, I was angry at Na Na’s ex-boyfriend for causing such a rift between the girls. However, Roo Mi shouldn’t have agreed to be with him. You don’t just jump into a relationship with your best friend’s ex even though you liked him first. Plus, if really they broke up, it was still too soon. I do understand that Roo Mi had her issues with wanting to be loved, but she could have kept to code and avoided the entire situation.

I love that both Na Na and Roo Mi were strong characters, but both still had their flaws to outgrow. It was always interesting to watch their savage bickering because they served as essential mental challenges to each other’s way of handling things. I was so happy when they finally resolved everything and became friends again. Their character growth was beautiful to witness. Na Na learnt to face difficult situations instead of always stepping back and staying quiet. Yes, silence is power, but communicating how you genuinely feel is also power. We all got to learn how to balance both reactions. Roo Mi, on the other hand, learnt her worth and loyalty to friends.

Moving on, let’s discuss the main topic of this drama, which is CHEATING. Honestly, people that make excuses when they get caught truly annoy me. No one just slips mistakenly into another woman or man’s bed. It was definitely a deliberate action. So kindly save your “stories that touch.” The main cheaters – Seo Tae Hyun and Jung Gyu Min threw me off big time when they tried to emotionally guilt trip their partners. You made the mess, so why are you shifting the blame? Scenes with Seo Tae Hyun were tough to sit through because my insides were raging. Hence you all can imagine my satisfaction once the cheaters got served what they clearly deserved😂😂😂. My favourite was the wife that faxed her divorce papers through her husband’s workplace machine. I died during that scene😂😂😂😂😂, AYYY LMAO!!!

Another thing I don’t understand is why cheaters don’t just break up and move on to the next person instead of playing games. What is wrong with humans? or as Na Na calls them “Trash.”

Hmmm, now unto a more beautiful mental space with the romantic aspect of this series. I adored the progression of Na Na and Danny’s relationship. Their chemistry was adorable and comforting. Right off the bat, I knew that Danny had feelings for Na Na. It was pronounced from the way he looks at her. I literally melted when he finally confessed his feelings to her. It went like this – “Co-worker Danny or Park Dan Hee as a Man? Which do you prefer Na Na?… I like you” My heart went doki doki for that scene, I squealed and said, “GIRL YOU BETTER NOT REJECT HIM.”😂😂😂 I got way too excited as if I was the one he asked out, LOL. So when they finally became official, I was in heaven. Their intimate scene at the end was precious.😍😍😍

To wrap up, here are my two-cents about each main character –

Hani as Yoon Na Na: img_4372She felt more hurt by her friend’s betrayal than the cheating ex; hence she still had a soft spot for Lee Roo Mi. Yoon Na Na is a pure savage with her comebacks during arguments.

 

Hwang Seung Eon as Lee Roo Mi: img_4371She is not as bad as she carries herself to be. She is simply a woman who needed to learn self-love, and I love her fashion sense.

 

Bae In Hyuk as Park Dan Hee/Danny: img_4370He is very insightful, caring and smooth with his words. I couldn’t help but stare at his face all the time.img_4420

 

Lee Jong Won as Wang Jung Deun/Jayden: img_4373Although I didn’t mention him much, I love this character. Jayden is such a mood and an awesome best friend to Yoon Na Na.

My Favourite OSTs:

SUNMI – “Gotta Go”

Jukjae – “Fixx Me”


Sorry guys, I actually planned to make this review short, but I got too into it and wrote away as usual. Anyways, my rating for XX is a solid 10/10. It was excellent, and I plan to watch it again very soon. To get a better  understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you are interested in seeing this drama, use this link 👉 XX on Viki with English subs.

If you have already seen this web series, what do you think of the story?

The Beauty Inside: Drama Review

I recently did a rewatch of this drama, so I’m here to give you all a brief review. This is going to be in point form of what I enjoyed, what I felt was a letdown and my favourite scenes.

The Beauty Inside is a 2018 South Korean TV drama remake of the original 2015 movie version. This series starred Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Min Ki as leads. 9e3214df-f034-47f0-82f3-939a23649633-2086-0000013e418837e2_originalSynopsis: Han Se Gye is a top actress with many rumours around her. To others, her life is a mystery, but in reality, her physical appearance completely changes for one week every month. Se Gye encounters Seo Do Jae, a top executive at an airline company. He seems to have it all, but he also has a secret. Do Jae suffers from Prosopagnosia (the inability to recognize faces) but he manages to hide this from the world. Seo Do Jae’s life begins to change when he encounters Han Se Gye. She is the only person he can always recognize, but with Han Se Gye’s steady disappearance and random physical changes, how long can she keep her own secret?

Expectations: I had already seen this drama, so I was simply watching it again to pass time and also because I missed Lee Min Ki and Seo Hyun Jin’s onscreen chemistry.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

Here are the aspects of the show that I truly enjoyed –

  • First of all, I just want to put it out right now that Lee Min Ki’s light brown eyes are so gorgeous. Whenever the light hit his pupil, it was pure bliss for me. I don’t care what anyone says, he is handsome.😍😍😍
  • The cinematography for this drama is beautiful. Every scene was colourful and captivating. Kudos to the production team for that.
  • The storyline was handled properly, there are a few things I still question, but I’ll discuss them later. That aside, the character development for each character in the drama was perfect. The pacing was also great, I didn’t feel like the story was dragging.
  • The chemistry between Han Se Gye and Seo Do Jae was incredible. They were magnetic and adorable together. They had a lot of cheesy scenes, but I genuinely enjoyed every moment they shared on screen. Lee Min Ki and Seo Hyun Jin did a great job of making their time as a couple very believable.
  • Overall every actor in this drama gave their best performance. Most notably, the actors that had to be Han Se Gye whenever her appearance changed. They all did a fantastic job of keeping true to Se Gye’s personality, no matter the gender or age. My favourite cameos for the changes were Moon Woo Jin in episodes 8 & 9, Kim Min Seok in episodes 5 & 6, and Ra Mi Ran in episode 10.
  • I also felt touched by all the emotional scenes in this series. I cried and smiled a lot.
  • This series is among the group of rare Kdramas where the parents, family members and friends of the lead characters are all nice and supportive. It was a breath of fresh air to watch.
  • I also admired that the female characters for this show were strong and well-developed. They could hold their own and weren’t whiny or always waiting on a man to save them.
  • The fashion for the main characters was always on point. Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Da Hee’s wardrobes were outstanding. Both ladies were giving me life with every outfit.
  • I love that they didn’t include any second female or male lead to disrupt the main ship. I was grateful that I didn’t have to deal with unnecessary love triangles because they stress me out big time. That’s why I prefer dramas with two standard couples.
  • I am happy about this drama’s central message. We should all love ourselves and all our imperfections because there’s is a reason for every single person’s existence.
  • The original soundtracks for this series are all beautiful. My top favourites are “Beautiful Moment” by K.Will and “LUV Etude No.1” the version by 2morro.
  • I previously showcased “Beautiful Moment” as my song for the week. You can watch the music video and read my thoughts with this link 👉🏼 K.Will – Beautiful Moment: Song Of The Week
  • Here is the music video for “LUV Etude No.1” – This song is soothing, and I always get emotional listening to it.

The Letdowns –

  • Personally, I feel they could have omitted the one-year separation plot device. I get that Se Gye felt guilty for causing Seo Do Jae’s accident, but her reaction could have been handled a bit differently. I don’t appreciate that they took the cliche route of breaking up and getting back together later.
  • Another aspect that wasn’t adequately addressed was the reason behind Se Gye’s constant physical changes. By the end of the drama, they pointed out that the number of times she changes has reduced. Hence I was expecting them to dive deeper and give the viewers more explanation behind her condition or why it was suddenly decreasing.
  • Another cliche aspect is the Prosopagnosia (the inability to recognize faces). This condition was overused in dramas that particular year, but I don’t care much since it did not affect my watching experience.

My Favourite Scenes –

  • The Highest Point in The Sky:

This was a very touching scene. It was such a sweet gesture from Seo Do Jae, and I also shed tears when they showed the sky. Plus, the soundtrack sounded so beautiful during that moment. It might be a cheesy scene for most people, but it was truly comforting. 

  • Neglected Seo Do Jae joins the hug:

This was one of the cutest scenes for me. The way he cozily snuck in for that back hug was too adorable for words. Like I mentioned already, their chemistry was beautiful to watch.

  • Comforting Friends

I appreciate how supportive her friends were throughout this series. This funeral scene really broke my heart, but I’m glad that Se Gye had Woo Mi and Eun Ho comforting her during such tough times. Their friendship is also one of my delights in the drama.

  • Dramatic Drunks Vs. Traumatized Drunks

This was the most hilarious scene. It was interesting to see both couples act like they hadn’t seen each other for years versus the others in the room who were absolutely disgusted by their public display of affection.🤣🤣🤣


Overall The Beauty Inside was a very captivating drama from start to finish. I wouldn’t mind rewatching it again and again, so my rating is 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

This drama is available with English Subs using this link 👉🏼 The Beauty Inside on Viki

If you’ve already seen The Beauty Inside, what are your thoughts?

 

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 4 – 10|FINALE

I was able to complete Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo yesterday. So in this post, I will be reviewing episodes four to ten and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes one to three, use this link 👉🏼 Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 3

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

In my first review, I mentioned that this drama’s atmosphere slightly reminds me of Code Blue. Now, after watching all the episodes, I don’t get that same feeling because this series didn’t focus much on medical procedures. It was more about the stories of each patient and their impact on the lead characters’ growth and development. Of course, this difference doesn’t affect the quality, but I felt the need to address it since I touched on it previously.

Okay, that is out of the way. So let’s discuss episodes four to ten –

Right from the start, this drama showed great potential, and things only got better as the story progressed. Sakura’s character continued to impress me with her growth. She was able to balance her job as a nurse and her love for Tendo Kairi. As for Tendo, he proved himself as a severe Tsundere. He pretends to ignore things or act like he doesn’t care when he actually does care. This attitude made it so fun for me to watch him being jealous. All the same, Tendo also experienced some character development. He opened up more to Sakura, and we got to see him smile and even laugh. By the way, Satoh Takeru’s smile is so cute and sexy💘💘. Okay, Tendo became more proactive in their relationship. He was an excellent mentor to Sakura and also a very supportive boyfriend. I love that he encouraged her to go study abroad.

The way Sakura and Tendo started dating was adorable and funny, but quite abrupt. The confession in the ambulance showed how desperate Tendo felt at that moment. He really loves her, so I don’t know why he was playing hard to get all this while. He is such a cute tsundere😂😂😂. Plus, I love how he went from telling Sakura to keep their relationship a secret from their colleagues in the hospital to then making a public announcement himself. 

Honestly, the chemistry from our leads was insane. I felt like I was intruding into their private space whenever they had intimate scenes. I love them, and I am going to miss them so much. What do I do with my Wednesdays now???😢😢 I am going to miss hearing Tendo say – Baka!!!

Moving on to the side characters and their relationships. Even though I was not too invested in everyone’s story, I still appreciated their presence. My favourite side roles were that of Sakai and Dr. Kisugi / Ryuko and Nishi. I was seriously rooting for Ryuko to get with Nishi, and I love how the writer developed her character. She got more serious by taking over her family’s hospital but still kept her right by refusing to go along with the arranged marriage. In the case of Sakai, she became the next “Warrior-Chick” after Sakura with she way the followed Dr. Kisugi until he took notice of her.

Another thing I didn’t care much for was the love rivals, and I am so glad that this drama did not drag things out. Both leads were sure of their feelings and never allowed any secondary party to interfere. So Miori and Kamijo failed to create unnecessary misunderstandings. At some point, I was really annoyed with Kamijo because of his ridiculous entitlement, but when they gave him some back story, I tried to understand him. Still, that didn’t excuse his wrong deeds from my book until he apologized to Tendo. In Miori’s case, I was genuinely baffled about how she came to fall in love with her dead sister’s boyfriend. Plus, the fact that she was so bold about it pissed me off even more. All the same, I came up with a theory that she might still be grieving; hence she was looking for a piece of her sister in Tendo. This theory was later confirmed. I really appreciate how both love rivals were resolved.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Ari-chan is another side character that I really loved. I am glad that she was able to get her surgery and go back to school.

Now, the only aspect of this drama that threw me off till the end was how Sakura never stopped calling Tendo, sensei. I really wanted her to try calling him by his name. Since it was not a big deal, I just rolled with her calling him sensei till the end.

There were a lot of moments throughout this show that made my heart flutter. So let’s discuss a few.

– Ryuko’s Constant Interruptions: Somehow, whenever Sakura and Tendo tried to get intimate, Ryuko always came in to interrupt. This became an ongoing joke for me because it happened quite a lot😂😂😂. One of my favourite scenes of such an occurrence was in episode seven. She came in, saw that they were kissing and just started heading back out like nothing happened😂😂😂😂 –

 

– Sakura Vs. Tendo Tease Battle: These two enjoyed teasing each other with their constant staring battles. Sakura is also an adorable and mischievous character, so she messed with Tendo a lot. A good example was when she made him kiss her after smearing ice cream on her face. My heart always went doki-doki during such moments – 

 

– Tendo meeting Sakura’s family Vs. Sakura meeting Tendo’s family: Tendo’s meeting with Sakura’s family was really hilarious. Her family asked him the right questions, and that actually made Sakura realize that he had not said “I love you” to her yet. My favourite scene was when they caught her family peeping at them. In the case of Sakura’s meeting with Tendo’s parents, it was awkward but still quite funny. I loved her reaction when he declared that she’s the woman he plans to marry – 

 

– Wedding Kiss: The final kiss was by far my favourite from Sakura and Kairi. It was such a sweet scene, and I caught myself replaying it a good number of times. They are so cute. Also, they looked so good. Sakura looked very beautiful in her wedding gown, and Tendo was rocking that three-piece suit – 

Another moment I loved was when Tendo listed out all the things he loves about Sakura and finally said: “I love you.” I’m not going to include that clip, so go watch it yourself. It is in episode nine. That was a very emotional scene, and I died when Sakura said she was hungry after hearing him pour out his heart to her. Like what???… BAKA!!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was an excellent series from start to finish. I will really miss it. Satoh Takeru and Kamishiraishi Mone are fantastic actors. They truly owned their craft. The supporting actors also brought their A-game, so we as the viewers were able to get such a perfect production.

I loved everything. Starting from the main couple’s chemistry to how well developed the story was. The pacing was also impeccable. There was never a time when the story felt like a drag, and the ending was solid. The original soundtrack was also very catchy. I love how the drama used different instrumental versions of “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I already have a post about this OST, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Official HIGE DANdism – I LOVE: Song Of The Week

I honestly wouldn’t mind if this show has a second season, but for now, I am satisfied. Therefore, my rating for Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo is  10/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each drama, read this post 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

Also, all episodes of this drama are available with English subs on this site, 👉🏼 Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo on BLITZ FANSUB

If you have completed Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo, please let me know what your thoughts are, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. It is definitely worth it.

 

 

Finding Mr. Right: Movie Review

Finding Mr. Right is a 2013 Chinese Film that starred Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo as leads.

Synopsis: The story follows a pregnant woman, JiaJia. She is trying to avoid the scandals of her sinister, already-married boyfriend. Hopping a plane to Seattle, Jiajia meets Frank, a handsome taxi driver and divorcee who makes her see love, and herself, in a new light. (source – Amazon Prime)

Expectations: I just started watching the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty. I was really impressed by Tang Wei’s natural approach to acting, so I decided to check out more of her works. Coincidently Finding Mr. Right was already on my Viki watchlist. After reading the plot summary and watching the trailer, I had a feeling that it was going to be an exciting watch.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

This is going to be a quick breakdown.

Finding Mr. Right is not the biggest masterpiece out there, but it is definitely a heartfelt gem. It showcased a charming story, and I genuinely enjoyed every moment.

The movie focuses on JiaJia as she learns about love in different forms and creates the family that she has always wanted. So if you need a touching story of growth, this is for you.

Wen JiaJia started out as a very annoying character. She was ignorant, arrogant, and extremely rude, but by the end of the film, she became more understanding and appreciative of the people around her. She also learnt to love herself and realized that her worth was not to be based solely on wealth. Her character growth was incredible.

Another appealing aspect of Finding Mr. Right was the chemistry between Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. They didn’t have intense, intimate scenes, but you could feel their love for each other. I sincerely appreciate a couple that can have deep conversations about life, family, and future plans. It doesn’t always have to be about the kissing scenes and bed scenes. Hence why I give more value and praise to productions that portray couples with an excellent balance of intimacy and communication.

This film also has excellent comedic scenes, and the cinematography is beautiful for a 2013 production. I adore the soundtracks they used. Every song was perfect for the chosen scene. My favourite soundtrack is “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, it is an old song but still a beautiful classic. –

Overall, Finding Mr. Right was an emotional story with great actors, and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Therefore my rating is 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

And for anyone interested in seeing this movie, it is available on Viki 👉🏼 Finding Mr. Right with Eng Subs

 

 

The Ghost Bride: Drama Review

The Ghost Bride is a 2020 Taiwanese drama. It has six episodes and is available on Netflix. 3f1e1cdd-2854-438b-8ade-dbe7d0b0aa4d-7900-000006431a2998faSynopsis: Set in 1890 Malacca, a young woman named Pan Li Lan, is forced to marry a dead man in exchange for help with her family’s poor finances. She makes a deal with Tian Ching, the ghost she’s meant to marry. In exchange for her father’s life, she will investigate his murder. As things unfold, Li Lan finds herself in a more complicated situation than she bargained for.

Expectations: This was on my list for must-watch dramas of 2020. I love spooky ghost stories. Also, the trailers and first posters looked quite promising. I am familiar with Chris Wu. Most of his series I have seen were really good, so why I decided to give this one a shot.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

From the first poster I saw, I assumed that I was going to get a decent horror thrill and mystery, but the reality of what I got from The Ghost Bride was a lot of comedic scenes, some mystery and hardly any spookiness. Which isn’t bad, but definitely not what I expected.

The first thing that I noticed once I started episode one was the background scores. Yes, they were beautiful, but they sounded quite modern in comparison to the period the story was set in. Thankfully this got better. The next aspect I took note of was the picture quality. I absolutely love the cinematography for this drama. It was clear, simple and stunning.

This is my first time watching Huang Pei Jia. She did a great job as Pan Li Lan. The scenes with her and Er Lang were fun to watch. Chris Wu also gave an excellent performance as Er Lang. Even though I wasn’t expecting so much comedy, his character was a joy to watch. Overall most of the actors were okay, but there were still a few that gave mediocre performances.

After finishing the drama, I went ahead to read some reviews. I noticed that a few people believe that Tian Ching(the ghost) sincerely cared for Li Lan, but I beg to differ. He kept on tormenting her family members, and it was selfish of him to try and keep her in the Netherlands against her will. Even though he claimed that his upbringing was messed up, I don’t feel bad for him because he showed no sign of remorse. Plus, I blame the scriptwriter for my lack of empathy towards Tian Ching. There wasn’t enough shown that would enable me to sympathize with his character. What the drama showed me was a villain that needed to be dealt with.

Now, concerning Pan Li Lan’s affection towards Tian Bai. I didn’t care much for that pairing because there was no chemistry between them. The person she bonded with was Er Lang, the heavenly guard, and that was why her decision at the end made sense to me.

Altogether nothing really stood out to me in this drama; hence I don’t have much to say. It did showcase selfless love between family members, but overall it lacked a lot. Story-wise, The Ghost Bride did not depict excellent writing skills. The only thing that will make me want to watch a second season is the cliffhanger at the end. Aside from that, I don’t see myself rewatching this drama. My rating is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

The Ghost Bride wasn’t to my taste, but someone else might actually love it. So if you need some lighthearted ghost story, then give it a chance and form your own opinion.

Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 11 – 16|FINALE

Yesss… finally it is here.

In this post, I will be reviewing the remaining episodes of Queen: Love and War and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t seen the two previous reviews, use these links 👉🏼 Queen: Love and War: Drama Review – Episode 1-4

👉🏼 Queen: Love And War: Drama Review – Episode 5-10

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 10, Baek Ja Yong told Eun Bo to poison the King. The drama continues with Eun Bo refusing but complying at the end because she was threatened with her mother’s life. Honestly, I knew they were going to use her mother against her, but I had hoped for her to open up about everything to the king. Sure, things still tuned out okay, but she could have saved herself from all the stress.

I felt so vindicated when prince Jae Hwa finally admitted to his greed for power and revenge. He never had any intentions to create a better world in the first place. Because I have been thinking, why do they hate the king so much? He is smart, just, kind and willing to work with good ministers. There also wasn’t any show of him disregarding his people’s wellbeing. So what exactly was their problem if not wanting to acquire power for themselves. Jae Hwa and the left minster’s daughter are so alike. If someone says they don’t love you, leave them and give yourself space to heal. Why do you have to take your heart to the deepest part of hell just to get their affection or destroy what you can’t have?🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

On a side note, am I the only one that finds the King’s tonation odd? Something about his pronunciation throws me off. I noticed this since the first episode but never mentioned it. I’m only pointing it out now because this my last time discussing this drama. Anyways it’s not a big deal.

The characters that impressed me a lot in these final episodes were Wal and the King. Aside from his prophetic dreams, the King is brilliant. He was able to decipher most of the plots coming his way. That made things more interesting for me.

  • Wal played by Lee Si EonScreenshot (31)He proved himself to be more than comic relief and showcased his skills from years of running an investigation agency. He was the one that discovered most of the critical details that helped the main couple deal with the criminals around them. I adore his relationship with Eun Bo. He acts like an older brother that scolds her when she’s acting silly, and he is also her best friend who supports her relationship with the King. I was so grateful that they didn’t kill off his character. At first, I thought he was going to jump ships and betray Eun Bo, but thankfully, his role did not take such a predictable route.

So far, most scenes in this series have been quite smart and realistic, so I was absolutely disappointed during that assassination attempt. I understand why the queen stood still because it was her plot to get Eun Bo killed. However, why were Eun Bo and Song Yi just standing still when a man was pointing a gun right at them? No one even tried to dodge or run. Also, the guards could not even shoot him in the leg or something. They gave him the space to pick up his gun and fire. What was going on there? I’m confused. I honestly think that the scene could have been handled better.

Once all the traitors started getting exposed, I knew what was coming next. They were all going to band together and attempt to get the throne. It is like once their plan A fails, they just rush into the next dense plot and end up in deeper holes of no return. That aside, the Kim family are certainly bad schemers. All their plans backfire, and it is always fun to see the outcome 😂😂😂😂. I was kind of sad that prince Jae Hwa killed minister Hong. He was the only true one on the king’s side, and his death at the end didn’t make any point, but okay.

The person who surprised me to the end was the Queen Dowager. I assumed she had some plot, but she was actually doing things for the best interest of the throne in a just manner. That was an unexpected turn of events.

Now with concerns to the ending, I knew Eun Bo was going to be pregnant and give birth to a son. And, of course, they would meet again before the drama wrapped up. Although I had hoped to see how they will make her queen. I feel that would have been a more exciting way to end things.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I think this was a good drama, but there were some let downs. I am going to discuss the disappointing factors first and then conclude with the aspects I enjoyed.

Storywise, Queen: Love and War is nothing new to me. I have watched enough Korean historical dramas to know the usual formula used. Actually, most Korean dramas nowadays are similar, but a few still go the extra mile to make slight changes that separate them from the majority. That was what I was waiting for, but I never got with this series. I knew most of what was coming, I simply waited to see how things would unfold. There wasn’t much that enticed me as a viewer, and I do not like feeling that way because it means something is missing.

Another thing I have issues with is writing. This might just be me over analyzing things, but I think the emotions and developments for most characters were not handled properly. The characters were losing their spark as the story progressed. Also, for some, the intense emotions they displayed were not groomed well enough for the viewers to understand or relate with. Now, this might just be my brain overworking, but that is what I noticed.

Enough with the let downs, here are the remarkable aspects of this show –

I love that I could see the queen selection process in detail. The main couple’s chemistry was great. They both did a fantastic job as the centers. The cinematography and costumes for this show were also well crafted. On a regular, I do prefer the odd and moody artistic style of filming, but I also enjoy filming that focuses on the use of vibrant colours. So I genuinely enjoyed how colourful this production was. Kudos to the actors for a job well done👏👏👏👏👏. From the main actors to the supporting casts, everyone carried their weight. They all showed exceptional acting skills, and that is the main factor that sells any story for me.

Aside from the few misses, Queen: Love and War is a good drama. Therefore my rating is 8/10. To understand my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you have not seen this drama, the full episodes are available with this link 👉🏼 Queen: Love and War with English Subtitles on Viki

And if you are currently watching or you’ve already completed it, feel free to share your opinions with me in the comment section.

 

 

Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

Hello, everyone🤗🤗

Sorry I couldn’t follow my schedule as promised. I was tired after writing my test yesterday, so I slept off once I got home. All the same, I am here now. I will be reviewing the remaining episodes for Someday Or One Day and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes 1-7, use this link 👉🏼 Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 7, we were left off with Huang Yu Xuan’s discovery of Li Zi Wei at Uncle Wen Lei’s coffee shop. The drama continues with a quick showcase of the real Wang Quan Sheng’s life. From his short story, I was able to understand how Li Zi Wei’s time travel happened. At first, I was confused when they showed the older Li Zi Wei in 2008, but he was also in Wang Quan Sheng’s body from 2003. Thankfully they clarified why that was happening, so no plotholes there. Now at that point, I realized how interconnected the time travel pattern was. Also, I was so confident that it wasn’t Mo Jun Jie that killed Chen Yun Ru. Hence, my bet was on their weird classmate. So when the psycho doctor time travelled as well, I was mind blown. Everyone played a role in the time loop. Honestly, if you try to analyze the time travel process, you will come to discover that there was never an exact starting point.

Huang Yu Xuan is shown as the one who travelled back first, but she needed something to make that trip. The music tape came from the past. If Li Zi Wei did not disappear after the plane crash, Huang Yu Xuan would not travel back in time. So no matter what they did, it could never have been unravelled. Therefore I like how they handled the story. Every event had to happen for them to get proper clarification on what should be done to end the time loop.

Episode ten was definitely the main turning point of the story. Things began to get very dark from there. It was quite disturbing to see the psycho doctor (Xie Zhi Qi) mentor his younger self into a killer. He had severe mental issues, and he practically destroyed his elder brother’s mind. I would have loved to see how his character turned out after everything. But since they didn’t show the future for anyone, I am not too concerned about him.

Concerning the ending. I think episodes 8, 9 and the first half of 10 were used to make up for the fact that we would not see Li Zi Wei and Huang Yu Xuan’s time together as a couple after their entire ordeal. I don’t mind it because I got some adorable and hilarious moments from our leads. I laughed so hard at Li Zi Wei’s tantrum after he found out about Huang Yu Xuan’s boyfriend. Their chemistry throughout the series was on flames, so I am satisfied. The love that Li Zi Wei showed for Huang Yu Xuan throughout the show was intense, in the right way. I genuinely wish that everyone could find someone like him as their partner, but life is not Disney land. Li Zi Wei practically waited for 15 years before he could see her again. Yu Xuan, on the other hand, had him as Wang Quang Sheng to accompany her. Also, although it was an open ending for our leads, they did hint at the possibility of them meeting in the future. There is an extra clip on the official IG account for this drama, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been subbed. Here is the account link 👉🏼 SDOOD Official IG

Edit: I found the subbed version of the extra clip, so here  it is:

To wrap up, let’s discuss the magnet of the story. The one, The only, Chen Yun Ru!!!. Once again, I will like to compliment Alice for such a fantastic job done at portraying two characters. From the posture down to their expressions, everything was different. In the last episodes, I was quickly able to notice that it was Chen Yun Ru pretending to be Huang Yu Xuan. Chen Yun Ru’s character showcased the actual reality of severe depression. At first, when she started acting weird, I was kind of frustrated. To me, her trying to live as someone else to attain happiness was disappointing. I just wanted her to be herself. All she needed to do was to try and be more open. That way, she could grow into her own unique personality and meet people who cared about her naturally. Plus, there was Mo Jun Jie, who really loved the real Chen Yun Ru. So I didn’t want her to let the hurtful words eat her up.

Yes, my intentions were quite sincere, but after watching the heavy scene before she jumped, I came to a sudden awareness. Me telling Chen Yun Ru to be herself and try harder would not encourage her but rather drain her more. Because to someone who is going through severe depression, they have already tried their best. They are now at their breaking point. So telling them to work harder confirms that you don’t understand their pain. Therefore I think the right way to go about it is to make them see some glimmer of hope in the world like Huang Yu Xuan did for Chen Yun Ru.

“It’s not because you are too disappointed in this world, but because you have too many expectations from this world.”

If you’re going through rough times, please remember that you are unique, and you have a purpose in this universe. There is always going to be at least one person that cares about you. Keep Fighting!!!💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 and talk to someone.

Also, as individuals never neglect or undermine a friend or person going through emotional distress. They need you, so be kind and reach out a helping hand. It goes a long way.

Final Thoughts:

This was such a deep, meaningful and refreshing drama. I love that even towards the end of the show, the story was still as engaging. It didn’t drag, and there were always new things to be uncovered. That is what I call superb writing skills. I enjoyed every minute I spent watching this excellent production. The director, writers, casts and production crew all deserve a massive round of applause👏👏👏👏👏👏👏. Someday Or One Day is definitely high up in my list for recommendations. I will be ranting about it to my friends for a very long time.

While watching the last few episodes, I couldn’t help but be so overwhelmed by how good it was. At first, I was scared that there might be a few plotholes due to the back and forth time switch, but they proved me wrong. Every little detail was addressed correctly. Furthermore, I most say that they perfected the concept of switching between timelines because that kept the viewers intrigued. They kept us guessing by holding back on information and showcasing everything bit by bit. The entire show felt like a puzzle piece that was coming together with each episode.

I will also like to commend this drama for using its platform to discuss critical issues that so many people are currently facing. As the story progressed, it touched on topics like depression, suicide, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and mental health. I am glad that our society is becoming more open to such discussions. People are now taken more seriously and help centres have been put in place to assist anyone in need. Of course, there is still more work to be done concerning the pressure from inconsiderate statements, norms and opinions. But, for now, this is a good start.

Another thing I absolutely loved about this drama was the OSTs and background scores. There were all so beautiful, heartfelt and gave off a nostalgic feeling. I found it so hard to skip the intro because of the opening theme. I have already talked about that song in a previous post. Use this link to check it out 👉🏼 Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

Now here are some other notable mentions that caught my attention –

  • YELLOW – “Someday”
  • 831 – “Miss You 30000”
  • Shi Shi – “Come Away”
  • Naiwen Yang – “Will we remember?”

Overall, Someday Or One Day was a solid show. The pacing was perfect, and I was also satisfied with the ending. I can see myself watching it again. Therefore my rating for this is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you haven’t watched this drama, go check it out now with this link 👉🏼 Someday Or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Also, if you’re currently watching or you’ve already completed Someday Or One Day, what is your opinion on this series?

Tenno no Ryoriban: Drama Review

I just finished watching this drama, and even though I initially did not plan to review it, I think it deserves to be discussed a little. This is going to be a quick review.

Tenno no Ryoribin, also known as The Emperor’s Cook, is a 2015 Japanese drama based on a novel with the same native name by Hisahide Sugimori. It ran for twelve episodes. The main character of this series is Akiyama Tokuzo, which was played by Satoh Takeru.

Sypnosis: Akiyama Tokuzo is a young man living in a rural area. He easily gets absorbed in things but quickly loses interest and moves on to something new. This behaviour continually creates problems for his family. One day while delivering goods to an army kitchen, he meets a chef who gives him cutlet to eat. Tokuzo immediately falls in love with cooking. So he decides to move to Tokyo to learn the craft. He later travels to Paris to study more about culinary arts. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, Tokuzo becomes a chef at the Hotel Ritz in Paris. At age 25, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan.

Review: 

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this drama. I felt like I was on a journey with Akiyama Tokuzo. Satoh Takeru is an astounding actor. I have watched him in a few movies, but this is such an intriguing and outstanding role. I clearly need to check out more of his projects. I already knew that he was a good actor, but this role completely took my love for him to another level. The way he showcased Tokuzo’s growth throughout the series was pure gold. Satoh Takeru definitely owned his craft with this drama.

I love how the story was written. We could see that Tokuzo did not achieve his dreams alone. His family, friends and mentors supported him along the way. Including every single person he met throughout his journey, whether bad or good, they all had an impact on his character. This also relates to real-life where we meet so many different people. Of course, not all turn out to be good influences, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn something out of the encounter. I also admire how his character never gave up once he discovered what he wanted to do in life. He stayed focused and knew that he couldn’t afford to disappoint himself or his family any longer.

There were a few times when I wished for Tokuzo to pay more attention to his family after marriage. My concern was later resolved during the time when his wife was ill. I could see that he genuinely cared for his family, but he also took his job as the Emperor’s chef very seriously. This goes to show that his character wasn’t perfect. He was a bit selfish and also had a quick temper, but these traits are what made his character intriguing.

The other two roles that really stood out to me were Tokuzo’s brother – Shutaro and Tokuzo’s wife – Toshiko. These two characters made me shed tears because of their love and support for Tokuzo. Kuroki Haru, who acted as Toshiko, is such a skilled actress. Her subtle and quite expressions were always a delight to watch. She gave so much life to her character without ever saying much. I applaud her and I will definitely check out more of her works. Suzuki Ryohei, who played as Shutaro, is also another experienced actor. His delivery was always on point. His support of Tokuzo’s dream was heartwarming to watch. I am glad he saw his younger brother succeed.

Another thing I loved was the music. It was well placed, so it sparked more emotions for me.

Overall, I think this was a well-written drama. The story progression was perfect, and the screen time was well divided among every character. All members of the cast did a fantastic job. No matter the amount of time they had on screen, each role had a purpose and made the desired impact. I could see the effort made by the production team to ensure they got every foreign country’s scenario right. Also, most of the non-Japanese actors gave a believable performance. This was an inspiring and excellent series to watch. Therefore my rating for Tenno no Ryoriban is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide